EPISODE 72 | October 17, 2016

In Michigan, “10 Cents a Meal” For Farm To School

What can you get for a dime? Add it to the federal reimbursement for a school meal, and it buys…

EPISODE 71 | September 26, 2016

Smart Snacks and Sneaky Snacks

What’s so smart about those USDA-regulated “Smart Snacks” sold in school vending machines? More whole grain, and lowered sugar, fat,…

EPISODE 70 | September 19, 2016

Remembering Philando Castile

On July 6, 2016, the school nutrition community suffered the tragic loss of one of its own when Philando Castile…

EPISODE 69 | June 27, 2016

Why #StopTheBlock?

In a move they say will “spur innovation,” Republicans on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce have voted…

EPISODE 68 | May 23, 2016

Community Eligibility Explained

Community Eligibility (CEP) is the most popular program to be introduced to federal school meals programs in many years. To…

EPISODE 67 | May 16, 2016

New research for boosting breakfast

From two new studies, research you can use to pitch your breakfast program to students, parents, and school administrators. First,…

EPISODE 66 | May 2, 2016

Trending: Food Courts

Food courts at school are an increasingly popular way to win the participation of trend-savvy teenagers. If you’re flirting with…

EPISODE 65 | April 25, 2016

From California, New Recipes for Success

We’ve all heard that too many cooks can spoil the broth, but that’s hardly the case on today’s episode. The…

EPISODE 64 | April 18, 2016

CNR Update: House Committee Pushes Back

Ten days ago, POLITICO’s Helena Bottemiller Evich reported the latest development in the long and difficult path to CNR 2015…

EPISODE 63 | February 22, 2016

Intact Grains 101

When did school children start gobbling up quinoa with such pleasure? And how is it that they’re also reaching for…

EPISODE 62 | February 8, 2016

Salad Bar Strategies: Learning From the Best in Riverside, CA

Today we re-visit a June 2014 episode with the salad bar gurus at Riverside Unified School District, in southern California….

EPISODE 61 | January 25, 2016

In Maryland, “boot camp” for food service workers

As we await resolution on CNR 2016, one thing is certain: there will be new technical assistance grants for districts…

EPISODE 60 | January 18, 2016

Trendspotting 2016 with Dayle Hayes

For the first time in the history of the USDA school meals programs, success in feeding kids (adolescents especially) is…

EPISODE 59 | December 14, 2015

Lunch Lessons from Japan

Kyushoku, or elementary school lunch, is a cherished tradition that embodies values central to Japanese culture: gratitude, cooperation, courtesy, cleanliness,…

EPISODE 58 | December 7, 2015

Dora Rivas Remembers

As the year draws to a close, Dora Rivas joins us to look back and reflect—not just on 2015, but…

EPISODE 57 | November 23, 2015

Reformulation Revealed

For processors of foods for the K-12 market, new USDA nutrition requirements arrived at the same time as increased public…

EPISODE 56 | November 9, 2015

Better School Food: Borrowed, Hacked, and Shared

Today we venture into new territory with the help of Chef Lisa Feldman, who is Director of Culinary Services for…

EPISODE 55 | November 2, 2015

In West New York, NJ, The Kids Eat It All

New Jersey is called the “Garden State” out of pride in an agricultural heritage that dates back hundreds of years….

EPISODE 54 | October 26, 2015

WI Students Meet the Harvest Challenge

High school cooking competitions can be hugely effective in generating excitement around school food, especially during Farm to School season,…

EPISODE 53 | October 19, 2015

A Taste of Hope

For tribal communities across the Great Plains and Southwest, buffalo is the centerpiece of of traditional culture, a sacred food…

EPISODE 52 | October 5, 2015

Fresh Food and Fresh Ideas from the Iowa Food Hub

The USDA definition of a “food hub” is loose enough to include many iterations of the concept. Whatever the business…

EPISODE 51 | September 28, 2015

USDA on CNR 2015: a conversation with Katie Wilson

Today we welcome the new USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, for another deep dive into…

EPISODE 50 | September 21, 2015

What’s new this year? We hear from YOU!

Inside School Food asked listeners to call in about their favorite back-to-school innovations, and they did, from all over the…

EPISODE 49 | September 14, 2015

Towards a “Robust HHFKA”: New SNA Leaders Speak Out

To kick off the school year, we are joined by the School Nutrition Association’s newly elected President, Jean Ronnei, and…

EPISODE 48 | August 10, 2015

First Taste Matters Most

Many American children have developed a strong, stubborn preference for sweet and salty processed food before their second birthdays. If…

EPISODE 47 | August 3, 2015

Sustainable New England Seafood for New England Kids

For decades, fish at school mostly meant one thing: breaded fingers and patties–tasty enough with ketchup, but completely detached from…

EPISODE 46 | July 27, 2015

Courting customers: Fresh ideas from Chandler, AZ

These days, we hear a lot about districts in well-to-do communities dropping out of federal meals programs. While the numbers…

EPISODE 45 | July 13, 2015

Sortin’ it out: Composting comes to NYC schools

Here’s one of the surest signs we have that swift and substantial progress in school food is possible: Beginning this…

EPISODE 44 | June 29, 2015

High hopes for Farm to School Act 2015

With so many elements of Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015 hotly contested, it’s good to know we can be bullish about…

EPISODE 43 | June 22, 2015

CNR 2015 walk through

Is Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015 moving too fast for you? Join the club. We all feel that way, and it’s…

EPISODE 42 | June 15, 2015

Cafeteria (not!) of the Future

First off, stop calling it a “cafeteria.” And don’t just re-configure the physical space and the equipment, but the entire…

EPISODE 41 | June 8, 2015

Learnings from West Virginia

In West Virginia, many children suffer from levels childhood poverty, hunger, and obesity well above the national average. To meet…

EPISODE 40 | June 1, 2015

Tales from the trenches with Chef Cyndie

Cyndie Story has consulted in school kitchens in 37 states, where she has spread a gospel of work simplification that…

EPISODE 39 | May 18, 2015

Locavore Mayor Takes on Lunch

Where do you set your goal for local food purchasing? How about 50 percent of your total food budget? How…

EPISODE 38 | April 27, 2015

El Monte Magic Explained

El Monte City School District is celebrated as a leading edge reformer well beyond the cafeteria. Over the years, this…

EPISODE 37 | April 20, 2015

Are Smart Snacks Half Baked?

Since July 2014, an interim USDA regulation on foods sold outside the reimbursable meals program requires healthier offerings nationwide. But…

EPISODE 36 | April 6, 2015

Reading Plate Waste

Amid widespread complaints about discarded school food, enter a new study that tells us things may be not as bad…

EPISODE 35 | March 30, 2015

Good Food Measures Up

Of course students eat better when healthy food is prepared with care and skill. We all knew that. Now we…

EPISODE 34 | March 23, 2015

More about food processing (“Have it your way,” part 2)

Processed foods: Whether you need them oven-ready or as components for speed scratch, you probably want them without additives you…

EPISODE 33 | March 16, 2015

Feeding Summer

It’s planning season for USDA summer meals sponsors–the people who know that, for children from food-insecure homes, the last day…

EPISODE 32 | March 2, 2015

Florida (school) Food Truck Sizzle

Food trucks are rolling statements about some the values Americans hold dearest: independence, entrepreneurship, and mobility. Authenticity. Creativity. Affordability. With…

EPISODE 31 | February 16, 2015

Participation: What’s really going on?

Whether your sales up or down, there has to be a reason. So what’s behind the participation slump among students…

EPISODE 30 | February 9, 2015

Making FoodCorps Work

It’s been more than five years since the inception of FoodCorps, the AmeriCorps division that sends young service members into…

EPISODE 29 | January 26, 2015

Kitchen Workhorses

What’s behind the “True Food” revolution in Minneapolis Public Schools? Ambitious purchasing of industrial-strength gadgets—cook-chill tanks, vacuum baggers, a meat…

EPISODE 28 | January 19, 2015

Serving Food Justice at School: A Conversation with Audrey Rowe

This week on Inside School Food, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, join Audrey Rowe, Administrator of the Food and…

EPISODE 27 | January 12, 2015

“Bay to Tray” in Monterey

There is perhaps no city in the nation more strongly associated with fish than Monterey, CA, home to the world-famous…

EPISODE 26 | January 5, 2015

School Food Social Media That Rocks

We kick off the new year with Dayle Hayes, the activist blogger behind “School Meals That Rock,” a multi-platform social…

EPISODE 25 | December 15, 2014

Mastering the Art of School Cooking

It took a village to produce New School Cuisine: Nutritional and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks. This…

EPISODE 24 | November 24, 2014

Top Chefs

Big districts have long employed chefs, and smaller ones are increasingly relying on them as consultants. But what happens when…

EPISODE 23 | November 17, 2014

New Menus = New Price Tags?

What’s really behind the controversy over Healthy Hunger Free Kids 2010? According to today’s guests, it’s dollars that don’t make…

EPISODE 22 | November 3, 2014

The Urban School Food Alliance travels to France. Vive la révolution?

Food service leaders from six of the nation’s very largest districts–New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and Orlando–have joined…

EPISODE 21 | October 27, 2014

Sustainable California Chicken for California Kids

Three very big districts—Riverside, San Diego, and Oakland—are taking farm to school to the next level with an enormous, year-round…

EPISODE 20 | October 20, 2014

This Radish is Golden

What community isn’t proud of its school trophies? Across Georgia, there’s a new kind of prize that recognizes exemplary work…

EPISODE 19 | October 13, 2014

Farm To School Program Evaluation

Farm to school purchasing pursues social, environmental, economic, and public health goals. How to evaluate progress in reaching them, and…

EPISODE 18 | October 6, 2014

A Visit to Traverse City, MI: “Space Broccoli” & Other Adventures in Farm to School

Family farms dominate the agricultural landscape of the Lower Michigan Peninsula, growing lots more than those celebrated sour cherries. Romanesco…

EPISODE 17 | September 29, 2014

Charting a Farm to School Course? Don’t Leave Without this Roadmap

We’re so excited about Farm to School Month 2014 that we’re starting two days early. Join us for a walk…

EPISODE 16 | September 22, 2014

Lunch Lessons from Teenage Chefs

Want fresh, USDA-compliant meals that kids will get excited about? How about putting kids in charge? Cooking Up Change does…

EPISODE 15 | September 15, 2014

How Smart Are Your Lunchrooms?

A school cafeteria can be a highly charged environment. Crowds of students press into the line, eager to zip through…

EPISODE 14 | September 8, 2014

Let’s Talk Nutrition Standards

Inside School Food kicks off the new school year with a discussion of the nutrition standards mandated by the Healthy…

EPISODE 13 | August 11, 2014

School Lunch Around the World

Explore school lunch around the world on the season finale of Inside School Food. Why are we so riveted by…

EPISODE 12 | August 4, 2014

Re-learning to Cook: Boot Camp for Food Service

If you’re old enough, you remember the days when “cafeteria ladies” had a craft and the food at school was…

EPISODE 11 | July 14, 2014

School Garden to Cafeteria

School gardens are now being embraced nationwide, as is farm-to-school. But school garden-to-cafeteria? It’s what’s coming next–well-established in some districts,…

EPISODE 10 | July 7, 2014

Have it Your Way

HAVE IT YOUR WAY through partnerships with nimble small and mid-size processors. Want your own wild-rice meatloaf? A baked falafel…

EPISODE 9 | June 30, 2014

Do Stricter Meal Standards Lead to Better Health Outcomes?

School food has been commanding headlines for well over a month, as controversy rages over costs and complications associated with…

EPISODE 8 | June 23, 2014

Salad Bars Part 2: Strategies for Success from Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools

Salad bars aren’t rocket science, but getting them right calls for careful, common-sense assembly with the right ingredients. If you’ve…

EPISODE 7 | June 16, 2014

Cafeteria Composting

Composting and recycling at school isn’t just about eco-friendly waste diversion. It also provides students with a powerful lesson in…

EPISODE 6 | June 9, 2014

Salad Bars Part 1: Riverside Unified School District

Are you a salad bar skeptic? If you are, you’re not alone. Many a committed K-12 food service director is…

EPISODE 5 | June 2, 2014

The Case for Fresh & Sustainable Chicken

In Jefferson County, Colorado, a better school lunch often starts with better chicken: locally and sustainably grown, without antibiotics, and…

EPISODE 4 | May 26, 2014

DC Central Kitchen

This week’s episode of Inside School Food is the first installment of a series of episodes we’re calling “And Now…

EPISODE 3 | May 19, 2014

Kitchen Equipment

Today on Inside School Food. we’re talking kitchen equipment—What do we have? What do we need? And how can we…

EPISODE 2 | May 12, 2014

Community Eligibility

The face of free school food is about to change in some neighborhoods thanks to something called Community Eligibility. Community…

EPISODE 1 | May 5, 2014

Pilot: Reducing Waste and Meeting the Bottom Line

Go inside school food on Inside School Food, a brand new show on Heritage Radio Network! Paying for the new…

Commentary | February 17, 2016

When Your Teacher Doubles as Your Dietitian

Commentary | December 22, 2015

Setting the Table for School Lunch in Japan

Advocacy & Food Policy | August 29, 2015

How school systems are saving chicken farms by eating more dark meat

Advocacy & Food Policy | August 15, 2015

Algebra, History… Farming?